Summer term newsletter 2022

The Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts
New flooring

Our new flooring has been fitted, and the studio is looking INCREDIBLE. I am going to kindly ask that there are NO outdoor shoes worn in the studio for any reason, and all of my tappers please just give the metal plates on their shoes a quick wipe down before their first class/es to ensure that there is no grit. I know it won’t stay pristine forever but I’d like to preserve it as long as possible.

I am also looking to get rid of a couple of items at the studio to create more room, namely the piano and 2 kitchen cabinets with drawers. If you, or someone you know would be interested in any of the items please do let me know.

Watching week

Please note that there will be no lessons on either Monday 2nd or 9th May due to the bank holiday and Liberation Day.

Our term finishes on Friday 15th July, which means that our school watching week will take place from Monday 4th-Saturday 9th July inclusive. If you have not taken part in watching week before, all parents/guardians are invited into class to watch your children and see all they have learned since Christmas!

Classes in September 2022

All grade classes from what will be Year 1 (in September, so current Reception year students) and up will convert into Dance Festival groups as we will once again be putting together groups, solos, duets, trios, and quartets ready for the biennial week long competition in January 2023! I am finalising my full timetable at the moment, and will have this with you by the weekend.

For our younger classes not taking part in Dance Festival groups, the times/changes are as follows:

Current Pre-school ballet – if your child is due to start Reception year at school, they should move up to Reception ballet class Saturday 9.45-10.30. If your child has another year in Pre-school, they should remain at the same time. Their outfit colour does not change.

Current Reception ballet – all children starting Year 1 in September should move up to “Under 9 ballet B Saturday 10.30-11.15” (this will make more sense with the full timetable!) in September. They will move to a blue leotard and black wrap around skirt, so please attend Kit Collection in September to be fitted with new uniform. They will be taking part in Dance Festival.

Current Introduction to Tap and Modern – all children starting Year 1 at school should remain in their current class for another year. All children starting Year 2 at school should move to Monday Under 9 tap 3.45-4.30 & Under 9 modern 4.30-5.15. They will be taking part in dance festival.

Both acro classes and contemporary will remain the same, however all acro and contemporary students have the option to take part with their equivalent age modern group, ie Under 9, Under 13, Under 20. Thank you if you’ve already registered your interest in this!

All other grade classes please keep an eye out for our full timetable as it will be extremely clear which classes should join together for which groups.

New classes

We have been so pleased to welcome so many new students to our school over the past few weeks, as well as so many dancers picking up a new genre. We are looking at launching a Teen Beginner dance class on a Tuesday evening so if you have a teenager (or pre-teen!) that is interested in starting ballet, modern, or contemporary then please let me know!

We are also launching a Pre-school & Reception ballet & acro class on a Wednesday morning, again contact me for more info.

Kit collection/new outfits

During the summer holidays I will once again email to find out if any children need new kit so I can place specific orders for items to reduce waiting at our kit collection days (which can have lengthy queues!) or waiting after ordering items. 

Covid deductions & policy

For the time being we are remaining with our current requests to please keep your child at home if they have tested positive or feel unwell, but it is still fine to bring your child in if a member of the household has covid.

I hope you have all had a lovely break with your families, and look forward to seeing you all from Saturday!

Kind regards,